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[ree-suh nt] /ˈri sənt/
of late occurrence, appearance, or origin; lately happening, done, made, etc.:
recent events; a recent trip.
not long past:
in recent years.
of or belonging to a time not long past.
(initial capital letter) Geology. noting or pertaining to the present epoch, originating at the end of the glacial period, about 10,000 years ago, and forming the latter half of the Quaternary Period; Holocene.
Also called Holocene. (initial capital letter) Geology. the Recent Epoch or Series.
Origin of recent
1525-35; < Latin recent- (stem of recēns) fresh, new
Related forms
recency, recentness, noun
recently, adverb
quasi-recent, adjective
quasi-recently, adverb
1. fresh, new. See modern.
1. early, old. Unabridged
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  • More recently it moved back to its present home in a museum display area.
British Dictionary definitions for recently


having appeared, happened, or been made not long ago; modern, fresh, or new
Derived Forms
recently, adverb
recentness, recency, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin recens fresh; related to Greek kainos new


adjective, noun
(geology) another word for Holocene
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Word Origin and History for recently



early 15c., from Latin recentem (nominative recens) "lately done or made, new, fresh, young," from re- (see re-) + PIE root *ken- "fresh, new, young" (cf. Greek kainos "new;" Sanskrit kanina- "young;" Old Irish cetu- "first;" Old Church Slavonic načino "to begin," koni "beginning"). Related: Recently; recentness (1670s, but OED reports recency (1610s) was "Common in 19th c.").

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recently in Science
See Holocene.
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